The global pandemic has prompted many Vermonters to think more deeply about preparing their families, neighborhoods, and communities for future disruptions. At the same time, many communities are already experiencing the impacts of climate change and at a pace quicker than predicted. What can we do now to help our communities adapt to better withstand the impacts of climate change and protect the most vulnerable? What special role can town energy committees play in moving these initiatives forward?
In this workshop, we will explore the critical role resilience plays in climate action and several strategies to build community resilience, including:
- Designing communities to enable more walking and biking
- Re-localizing our food system
- Protecting soil and ecosystem health
- Building community and neighborhood connections and cohesion